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On Borrowed Wings 

On Borrowed Wings (2007)
A novel by Chandra Prasad

 

"Authentically and beguilingly, with admirable daring and wit, Chandra Prasad has written a modern fairy tale that transports her readers to a very particular era and place. She reminds us, importantly, about which things in our world remain constant--and which have changed so swiftly in so little time."
Julia Glass


"In Adele, Chandra Prasad has created an inspired and timeless heroine whose intelligence, imagination, and determination has you rooting for her from the very first page. Prasad's powerful prose matches the vital, urgent vigor of youth, particularly the bond of friendship. Her novel combines drama and a strong sense of place that provides both a lesson in history and a fine read."
Sara Gruen


Adele Pietra has heard her mother say that her destiny is carved in the same brilliantly hued granite her father and brother cleave from the Stony Creek mine: she is to marry a quarryman. But when Adele's brother, Charles, dies in a mining accident, Adele sees the chance to change her life. Enrolling at Yale as Charles, Adele assumes his identity -- and gender -- as a way to leave behind her mother's expectations and the limitations of her provincial Connecticut town.

To her own surprise, hair chopped and chest bound, Adele falls in naturally with a lively crew of undergraduates: the Jewish Harry Persky with his slick Manhattan know-how, the quiet and mysterious legacy student Phineas, and the lanky, charismatic Wick. And in many ways, Adele faces her freshman year at Yale as would any undergraduate boy: she dreads invasive PE examinations and looks forward to dances, experiments with cigarettes and reads the classics. Through her work with a questionable eugenics professor and her friendship with a local Italian family, Adele confronts her class and ethnicity as never before, all the while fearing that both her crush on Wick and her mother's well-meaning interventions will put an end to her delicate masquerade.

One part social history, one part comingof-age tale, On Borrowed Wings is an impeccably researched first novel that transports us to 1930s Yale, showing us around through the eyes of an unlikely, appealing female narrator.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2007 : Hardback
Title: On Borrowed Wings: A Novel
Author(s): Chandra Prasad
ISBN: 0743297822 / 9780743297820 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

September 2008 : Paperback
Title: On Borrowed Wings: A Novel
Author(s): Chandra Prasad
ISBN: 0743297830 / 9780743297837 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: On Borrowed Wings
Author(s): Chandra Prasad
ISBN: B003YCQ5DW
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: On Borrowed Wings: A Novel
Author(s): Chandra Prasad
ISBN: B000RH0CFY
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

June 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: On Borrowed Wings: A Novel
Author(s): Chandra Prasad
ISBN: B00BORI0YQ
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

 


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